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Andrea Sinn, “Joining the German Home Front: Women, Religion and World War 1”
September 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This lecture is presented by Andrea Sinn, an assistant professor in the Department of History and Geography at Elon University.
Traditionally, the history of World War I is told predominantly from the vantage point of men, and those academics who have engaged in the analysis of women’s wartime experiences have largely neglected to explore their religion and ethnicity. By using gender and religion as complementary lenses, this project argues that the war blurred the religious spheres that up to 1914 defined the home and turned women into historical actors that produced wartime solidarity and thus played a decisive role in shaping Germany during World War I. In addition, as will be demonstrated through a close analysis of Jewish female accounts, the war created new opportunities for Jewish integration at home, a result that seems to contradict the established scholarly narrative which portrays the German-Jewish wartime experience as one that was dominated by anti-Semitism, most notably symbolized by the infamous Jew Count of 1916.
Karen Hagemann, of the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be the moderator. This event is part of the Carolina Gender, War and Culture Lecture Series organized by the Center for European Studies.